Applications will be accepted from February 1st to March 9, 2018. All applications must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org in a word document by March 9 at noon. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. Only 2 applications can be submitted per Organization/Business.
Please Note: In order to apply for the 2018/2019 Partnership Fund Program, a mandatory training session is required. Please contact Brianna Doyon to discuss arrangements.
What is the Partnership Fund Program?
RTO 9’s Partnership Fund initiative is designed to build on existing and introduce new tourism products that enhance the region’s diversity of tourism attractions and competitive advantage by supporting the development of tourism experiences in the region. This program is allocated $219,000.00 from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS).
Who Can Apply?
Eligible partners are not-for-profit and for-profit tourism organizations and businesses, Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO), Destination Marketing Programs (DMP) as well as municipalities and First Nations with a role in the delivery of tourism promotion/ product development and services, within the geographic boundaries of RTO 9. Applicants must be prepared to have at least $2 million General Commercial Liability insurance coverage and will add “Region 9 Regional Tourism Organization” as an additional insured for the full duration of the partnership project. Applications require full disclosure of all other funding granted to the initiative. Partners are not able to use Ontario grants (Celebrate Ontario, TIPP, EODF, TDF) to fund their portion of the Partnership Fund. As this program is oversubscribed each year, approved partners will have 30 days from project approval to submit the required documentation, if this time frame is not adhered to, RTO 9 reserves the right to reallocate funding at it’s discretion.
What Projects Can I Apply For?
RTO 9’s Partnership Fund initiative covers 5 project categories. 2 applications can be submitted per Organization/Business. Partnership Fund projects may receive up to 50% for their eligible project, with a minimum matching contribution of $2,500.00 and a maximum matching contribution of $50,000.00. Projects can exceed $100,000.00 depending on the partner contribution. Costs are inclusive of HST.
The 5 project categories are:
Product Development Training
In order to have a thriving tourism industry, RTO 9 wants to assist our stakeholders in building unique and authentic experiences for the region that will increase visitation, length of stay and visitor spend. Training such as the Edge of the Wedge or Ignite program will allow participants to be shown how to create those experiences and more
Creation of New or Enhancement of an Existing Festival/Event
Events are a key driver for tourism. RTO 9 recognizes the importance of festivals and events within our region and will work with our partners on the development or enhancement of festivals and events for the upcoming year. Enhancement of events could include, but are not limited to, improved or additional programming, accessibility, translation costs and website development.
Multi – Language Collateral
RTO 9 recognizes the importance of the Quebec and International Markets to industry stakeholders across the region. Having multi-language market ready promotional materials available is beneficial to our industry partners, when selling their services. To offer services in French or other languages is appreciated by visitors from Quebec and abroad.
Travel Media/FAM Tours /Influencers
RTO 9 will work with their partners that recognize the importance of earned media for the region. Support will be provided to assist partners at travel media shows, securing of FAM tours and outreach to social media influencers. RTO 9 will work with our partners to develop itineraries that highlight the unique and captivating product within our region.
Development of New or Existing Product
Attendance at the Edge of the Wedge Program, Ignite Program or a RTO 9 Product Development Training Course is a prerequisite when applying under this category. Visitors are looking for new reasons to visit, having marketable experiences that encourage tourists to come to the region will increase visitor spending. These can be large scale projects, such as, strategy planning, feasibility studies and market research studies. This program will be offered on a 2-teir funding model.
Where Can I Find More Information?
RTO 9 has put together a number of resources to assist you with the Partnership Fund Program and your application. We encourage you to review the Partnership Fund Guidebook in advance of applying for the program. A mandatory training meeting is required to apply for the program. Please contract Brianna Doyon with any questions or to arrange a meeting.